HSE Injury Prevention and Management Advisor

Townsville, Australia
03 Aug 2017
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17 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Health Safety and Environment (HSE)Injury Prevention and Management Advisor is accountable to the Health, Safety and Environment Advisor for the provision of technical, strategic, operational advice and guidance and management services to key stakeholders, in the areas of injury/illness prevention.

The incumbent coordinates, monitors and promotes strategies in relation to the University’s Rehabilitation Policy, individual rehabilitation plans, the development and implementation of health and wellness and rehabilitation programs and plans to ensure the University meets alllegislative requirements.

Division of Services and Resources

The Division of Services and Resources comprises a number of Directorates and Offices whose activities foster and promote innovation and best practice in the delivery of its services and provide the frameworks and support to assist the Academy and Service Divisions achieve their goals and objectives.

The Division is responsible for overall strategy in relation to: planning, performance and budgeting framework; strategic procurement; financial and human resources; ICT services; business intelligence and statistical reporting; strategic commercial activities, including in relation to the Discovery Rise project and Retail outlets; quality enhancement and policy framework; capital infrastructure planning and maintenance and delivery of capital projects for ICT and the Estate; health and safety management and compliance; provision of campus services including cleaning, grounds maintenance, security and student accommodation.

The Division has a strong customer service ethic and continuous improvement culture. We are receptive to new ideas and ways in which we can enhance our delivery of services for the University. 

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Services and Resources

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Monitor and interpret relevant legislative obligations, codes of practice, industry strategies and trends and consult, advise recommend and effectively implement improvement opportunities relevant to injury prevention and management.
  2. Provide technical support and recommendations to the HSE Advisors in the development, implementation, review and update of relevant policy, procedures and guidelines to manage workplace injury/illness prevention and management.
  3. Communicate with injured workers, management, treating medical practitioners, worker's compensation insurers' staff, HR Business Partners and other key stakeholders involved in the workplace rehabilitation process to establish, co-ordinate and monitor rehabilitation plans for the return of injured workers to the workplace in accordance with current injury management best practice.
  4. Provide technical advice, recommendations and assistance to the University community and develop policies regarding hazardous manual tasks and workplace ergonomics to ensure that best practice is implemented and statutory obligations under the Work Health and Safety and related legislation are met.
  5. Maintain a data recording system of operational injury/illness prevention and management activities incorporating the health and safety management system and ensure its accuracy and currency.
  6. Provide timely management reports including statistical analysis to the HSE Advisor and relevant committees and provide assistance in relation to planning for, and operation of, the HSE Unit.
  7. Develop and facilitate relevant training and awareness programs across the University in order to raise awareness of workplace health and safety roles, responsibilities and expectations.
  8. Assist in the development and coordination of a University Health and Wellness model incorporating codes of practice and industry strategies which will incorporate and address identified issues and recent trends in injury management and wellness approaches.
  9. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values and Divisional attributes.
  11. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 8

Generic Accountabilities 

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. 

  1. The HSE Injury Prevention and Management Advisor is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The HSE Injury Prevention and Management Advisor is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The HSE Injury Prevention and Management Advisor is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Progress towards postgraduate qualification in physiotherapy, human movement, occupational therapy or other allied health profession and extensive relevant experience in injury/illness prevention and management, vocational rehabilitation, occupational therapy or case management or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education and/or training.
  2. Demonstrated experience in the interpretation and application of Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation and other legislation relating to injury prevention and management legislation and industry best practice standards.
  3. Demonstrated problem solving skills and an established record of exercising judgement and initiative to resolve complex issues, exercising confidentiality and discretion.
  4. Demonstrated high level written and oral communication skills with ability to influence and negotiate with people from different backgrounds with respect and integrity and the ability to articulate concepts with clarity and professionalism.
  5. Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering training programs.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency in standard Microsoft Office software as well as online information management systems.


  1. Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or ability to acquire within a reasonable timeframe.
  2. Experience in large, complex work environments or in the higher education sector.